We got an email this afternoon that none of us could ignore, so Don drove out to the East Valley Shelter and met this sweet sweet boy that his foster, Kathleen has named Shane. .
We have an extremely emaciated Rottie that came in on Monday as a stray. He needs an outlet ASAP to follow-up at FSV for diagnostics to determine what’s causing his condition. It looks like he ate all the food that was offered upon intake. Today, he walked on leash and seems to be in good spirits despite everything.
The staff were crying as they handed me his leash and I met this frail shell of a Rottweiler that just wanted to be held and comforted. You would think that shelter staff would be hardened off to the cruelty and neglect that they see multiple times each day. But, like you and me, they’re just people – and we all have our breaking point.
Shane was ours.
If you can help with his medical expenses, thank you SO much.
To all, thank you once again for the outpouring of love and support for this sweet boy. We’ve had people comment on the fact that he’s blind, but he is not. He has eyes and he can see. The starvation (or possibly some other problems we haven’t found yet) have cause his eyes to sink back into his head.
Throughout everything, this sweet boy – who has already been through so much neglect – only wanted to be held and told he was a good boy. He didn’t want us to stop petting him, and gave all of us his paw to hold while we did.
He’s currently receiving fluids just so he has enough blood to draw for tests. Please keep him in your prayers tonight.. ❤️❤️❤️
Shane was back at the vet today for a checkup. Since he’s been getting fluids via a turkey baster (works like a charm!) and sub q, all of the thick saliva and stuff built up in his nose was getting pretty gnarly. 😩
He’s gained 1.5 lbs! That’s huge for him. He’s got an amazing foster family that is taking the time to help him eat and drink.
His labs are back and surprisingly there is nothing significant, just a few values that show just how dehydrated he really is. He is Tick Fever, Heartworm and Valley Fever negative. Thyroid tests are all within normal limits. X-rays are normal.
He’s now on eye drops because he doesn’t blink. The nerves that are affected with this disorder are often the nerves that are responsible for the blink response. He’s also on antibiotics and will receive sub q fluids as needed.
Thank you to everyone who has donated and reached out to see how Shane is doing. We appreciate each and every one of you!!
Thank you Kathleen & Jaurnal for opening your home to this awesome boy!
A huge thank you also to our friends at the Phoenix Animal Care Coalition (PACC911) for making Shane the recipient of a Heidi’s Healing Fund grant through their Critical Care Program. 🐾
Shane’s final update October 7th 2017:
Last night Shane passed away.
He seemed disoriented around 8pm, so his foster mom administered subQ fluids and he settled down afterward curling up into his bed. Kathleen chose to stay near him, so she brought her pillow and blanket downstairs and slept next to him.
To say that Shane was a street dog or a stray isn’t accurate and it’s not a fair way to remember him and his life. There was a time before he was found broken and homeless, and from the way he happily received the simple things that we give to each of our dogs, we strongly suspect that it wasn’t always like this for him. It couldn’t have been. Shane had a family.
When Don walked him to his car at the East Valley Shelter, and opened the door to the back seat, Shane immediately jumped in and made himself comfortable. He spent the 30 minute drive to the hospital presumably as he did when his family took him for car rides. He watched the other cars and trucks, admired the mountains in the distance and enjoyed the warm wind on his face.
At Kathleen’s home, he wanted nothing to do with a crate, preferring the comfort of his bed and the company of the other dogs and cats, so that when Kathleen returned home from work and opened the door, he could be there to greet her as he once greeted his family. A gentle nudge to the bed in the mornings would let Kathleen know that Shane needed to go outside.
The deterioration and sickness that all of us witnessed this week wasn’t Shane. It wasn’t the Shane that he wanted to remember, anyway. We choose to believe that this beautiful boy who all of us instantly adored and fought so hard for wanted to enjoy the car rides, his fluffy bed and, above everything else, the love of a family one more time.
Kathleen said “I wrapped my arm across him while he pressed his head into my hand. We went to sleep and he passed away peacefully in my arms.” Could this have been what Shane was holding on for? It’s what our companions are entitled to after all. A gentle hug with loving arms, a tender kiss and a whisper that it’s okay to go and that they have been loved deeply. As broken as all of us are feeling right now, it’s the one thing that makes this sad outcome palatable. Shane had that last goodbye.
We’ll miss you, Shane. You were a good boy. <3